Reporting from the Olympics
By Katarina Tepesh
Mike Celizic writes regularly for NBCSports.com and is a freelance writer based in New York. At the present time, Celizic is one of the most prominent commentators from Games of the XXVIII Olympiad: Athens, Greece.
Mike's parents are longtime members of the Croatian Fraternal Union or CFU from Pittsburg.
In his recent column, "Race has nothing to do with NBA's success - League needs heroes, compelling stories, no matter what color." Celizic included the late DRAZEN PETROVIC (1964-1993), legendary Croatian basketball player who was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA in the third round of the 1986 draft and later played for the Nets. He tragically died in a car accident. Celizic agrees that 'Petro' fueled Europe's passion for NBA. Celizic attended Petrovic memorial in Croatian Center on 41st Street.
In June, Celizic wrote about the Nets taking Croatian swing man ZORAN PLANINIC.
Celizic can be easily recognized at the sporting events wearing a unique hat. In the old days, when Celizic wrote for a New Jersey newspaper, he used to wear what looked like a hat from Slavonia. Nowadays, he wears an expensive type, usually a classic fedora or Stetson, but still - always a hat!
As recently as yesterday, concerning the gymnast controversy at the Olympics, Celizic wrote a widely quoted column "Hamm should give up gold - American has the opportunity to show he's true champion."
A few days ago, Celizic wrote "At Games, it's a woman's world - why do women's sports rule the Olympics?" He wrote how within eight years, the IOC has promised, the gender split will be 50-50.
Mike Celizic is the author of "Courage: American Role Models in Sports" and "The Biggest Game of Them All: Notre Dame, Michigan State & the Fall of '66" and co-author of six books.
Celizic can be reached at Celizic@yahoo.com .